The Sikh Gurudwara of Fort Wayne in Fort Wayne, Indiana, hosted graduate students from the University of Saint Francis on February 10th. The evening included kirtan, a turban tying demonstration, a community meal and a lecture on current Sikh social-cultural issues. Thanks to Nicole Johnson Smith for the photo. Additional photos are below.
A colleague spotted a Sikh character on the television comedy “Back in the Game,” a new show on ABC about a woman who returns home to live with her father and ends up coaching her son’s little league baseball team. The character was a Sikh boy in a full turban who is a player on the team. According to the Internet Movie Database, the character is named Parvu Singh and is played by actor Sepehr Pazoki. He has only appeared […]
Last Sunday, Sikhs in the Fort Wayne, Indiana, area held a ceremony for the raising of the Nishan Sahib, the Sikh standard that identifies every Sikh house of worship, at the Sikh Gurdwara of Fort Wayne in Roanoke, Indiana (located at 11431 Lower Huntington Road). This ceremony takes place just after another Sikh congregation in Fort Wayne had recently begun construction of a new place of worship as well, which demonstrates the growth of the Sikh community in the Fort […]
Formerly Specialist Simranpreet Lamba, the US Army’s only enlisted solider in a turban and beard was promoted last Friday to the rank of Corporal in the US Army: Lamba hopes his promotion will show “there’s nothing about being Sikh, about our turban and our beard that can stop us from excelling in the Army,” he said. Read more at The News-Tribune.
Mega-retailer Walmart has encountered protest and poor publicity in its recent offerings of Halloween costumes this season. A few days ago, the national chain was heavily criticized for selling inappropriate costumes that sexualized young children, including a “Naughty Leoapard” outfit that was then pulled from shelves. A discovery by Twitter user @naunihalpublic brings to light another “costume” being offered by Walmart (pictured above), this time seeking to profit from racist stereotypes. The “Turban Beard Adult Halloween Instant Costume” comes complete […]
An article in the Portland Tribune traces the origins of the Ghadar Party movement to Oregon after a group of laborers from Punjab demanded justice for the attacks upon their community by racists mobs in 1910. The movement sought to promote revolution in India from British rule: Though there wound up being only one person convicted, the fight-back was a turning point for the Punjabi community here, Ogden says. New activist leaders emerged, including mill worker Sohan Singh Bhakna and […]
Celebrated actor Sir Ben Kingsley takes on the role of a Sikh driving instructor in New York named Darwan in the forthcoming film Learning to Drive: …Wendy has to get a license. When she was married, her husband always drove the car if they went anywhere. Forcing herself to come out of hiding, she signs up for driving lessons. Her instructor (Darwan) is a Sikh, a political refugee from India. He tries to be patient with his student, who is […]
On Saturday, during an interfaith ceremony to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, Jasjit Singh of the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF) addressed the audience gathered at the Lincoln Memorial as a representative of the Sikh community: “From four girls in Birmingham to six worshippers in Oak Creek, from a bridge in Selma to a march on Washington: we stand with you, we march with you, we serve with you.” Read more from SALDEF.
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On to the front page of the website Reddit today was a well-circulated photo of the Sikh Motorcycle Club in British Columbia, Canada. Said one commenter: “They love traveling down Route Sikh-y Sikhs.” After the incident on Reddit last year in which a Sikh woman turned an attempt at mockery into an inspiring moment of education, it’s nice to see something about Sikhs appear on the website that is a little more light-hearted. See the Sikh Motorcycle Club website for […]